How do I Experiment with Solar?

I am a middle school student at the Colegio Atid in Mexico City. I would like to ask your expert opinion on the subject (solar energy), which is the topic I am investigating for our school’s upcoming Science Fair – what kind of experiments with a small car or boat or other ideas do you have? Jamie E. Mexico City, Mexico

Jamie, The do-it-yourselfer can buy small solar cells and matching electric motors by catalogue from Edmunds Scientific, which seems to have the most extensive supply and variation. Both Edmunds and many toy and technology stores sell educational solar kits. My three favorites this year are: – “Real Science” from the Discovery Channel Store, which has 50 experiments including a solar cell and electric motor – “The Solar Car Book” by Klutz, which is sold in many toy stores and has a great book for people who are 9-years-old and up with a solar cell and matched motor – the “Solar Energy Lab” by Educational Design, which has a solar concentrator, test tube and thermostat for people who are 8-years-old and up. Scott
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Scott, founder and president of The Stella Group, Ltd., in Washington, DC, is the Chair of the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Coalition and serves on the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, and The Solar Foundation. The Stella Group, Ltd., a strategic marketing and policy firm for clean distributed energy users and companies using renewable energy, energy efficiency and storage. Sklar is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University teaching two unique interdisciplinary courses on sustainable energy, and is an Affiliated Professor of CATIE, the graduate university based in Costa Rica. . On June 19, 2014, Scott Sklar was awarded the prestigious The Charles Greely Abbot Award by the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and on April 26, 2014 was awarded the Green Patriot Award by George Mason University in Virginia.

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